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What is the cause and treatment for helicobacter pylori infection?

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Posted on Sat, 2 Aug 2014
Question: I had a urea breath test and it came up positive that I have helicobacter pylori infection.
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Answered by Dr. Enrique Molina (53 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
needs treatment

Detailed Answer:
helicobacter pylori is a bacteria that lives in the stomach and can cause inflammation of the stomach, and also ulcers in the stomach and duodenum. In some people it may even cause cancer.
Treatment is with 2 antibiotics together with the "ppi" (such as the nexium you are taking).
Usually one antibiotic (amoxicillin) is not enough to kill the bacteria.
There are many antibiotic regimens, and the most popular ones are the combination of two antibiotics (such as amoxicillin, clarithromycin, metronidazole, levofloxacin, tetracycline, etc). Ask you doctor for the best combination based on bacteria resistance in the area where you live.
If you get rid of the bacteria and still not feel well, then something else is likely the cause of your symptoms.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What is the cause and treatment for helicobacter pylori infection?

Brief Answer: needs treatment Detailed Answer: helicobacter pylori is a bacteria that lives in the stomach and can cause inflammation of the stomach, and also ulcers in the stomach and duodenum. In some people it may even cause cancer. Treatment is with 2 antibiotics together with the "ppi" (such as the nexium you are taking). Usually one antibiotic (amoxicillin) is not enough to kill the bacteria. There are many antibiotic regimens, and the most popular ones are the combination of two antibiotics (such as amoxicillin, clarithromycin, metronidazole, levofloxacin, tetracycline, etc). Ask you doctor for the best combination based on bacteria resistance in the area where you live. If you get rid of the bacteria and still not feel well, then something else is likely the cause of your symptoms.